Is it any wonder that this home turned out so beautifully? Designer Julia Blailock and the homeowner have had lots of practice; they’ve designed six houses together over their 20-year relationship! Although the home has a Mediterranean architectural style, the design leans more towards Continental European, mixing some wonderful antiques with interesting textures and combining contemporary art with more traditional pieces. They worked with Robert Dame on the design from the beginning and brought in Memorial Builders as the builder. Having all the team members in place from the start of this project was an intregal part of what made the project such a success.
The fireplace, custom-made by a local artisan, is the focus of the room. I love how the beautiful plaques, discovered in an architectural antique store in Atlanta, are embedded in the plaster walls flanking the fireplace. The wonderful oushak rug from Stark - with its pale blues, creams and touches of gold - tells the color story of the whole house. While maintaining the warm, neutral palette, Julia incorporated the homeowner's love of blue by gracefully weaving in accents of the color throughout the home. We plastered the walls twice to create the perfect plaster color--warm, but not too gold. Achieving this color was tough, but definitely worth the effort! The plaster took the room to a level that sheetrock alone cannot, giving the space warmth and sophistication. I really love the design mix in this room; the Dutch master oil painting contrasts with the contemporary style of the Chagalls on the other side of the arched opening, while the ottoman (made from an old Aubusson textile remnant) and the modern, Minton Spidell coffee tables also play off one another.
His study, which is right off the living room, is warm and inviting while still retaining a masculinity. It incorporates the hints of blues that are carried throughout the home while adding the ceiling's splash of red. The inside coffers were hand stencled with a Ralph Lauren stencil that complements the drapes and ties in the tones of the walnut paneling and floors. I love what this treatment does to a ceiling! The light fixture is from Curry and Company. They have a great selection of unique, new lighting options that you can't find just anywhere.
There is little miss Julia, always smiling! She is so fun to work with, and she really captured what the homeowner was looking for!
The soft, gray-blue plaster in this room was inspired by the needlepoint rug from her previous home. With the coved walls running onto the ceiling, the plaster envelopes the room and creates a wonderful, intimate space--perfect for dinner parties! The table and chairs, which were a shiny lacquer before, were stripped, refinished with a walnut stain, and hand waxed.
With a cozy and comfortable style, the den off the kitchen becomes a true hangout place for the family. You just want to snuggle up on the couch and read a book! The ceiling has a stencil tile design that has been hand embellished and tea stained to replicate European tile. It draws your eye up, enhancing the beams and light fixture. The painting is by the Louisianan artist Linda Dautreil. It's so fun to see what that contemporay pop does to this traditionally styled room.
So creative! Wanting a different vanity style other than the typical cabinet, a resin cast base was used for the pedestal. Topped with Rojo Alicante marble, the basin gives a garden feel to the room. The antique mirror from Brian Stringer (we miss him) adds that European touch .
This ceiling treatment really highlights the groin vault and the fixture! The design was taken from an antique Italian tile.
Julia did a great job of adding interest by using old doors for the entrance into the master suite. These Italian, antique polychrome doors, found at Watkins Culver, are painted on both the front and back. They are beautiful both coming and going! Of course, after entering these rooms, why would you ever leave?
We did a few touch-ups on the doors after they were retrofitted. I would like to say good as new, but--in this case--good as authentically old!
The master suite is calming, elegant, and comfortable! Julia created a soft, versatile retreat. The walls were painted a pale blue-gray, but the bedding, curtains, and upholstery are in cream linens. If the homeowner wants a change down the road, the walls could easily be repainted for an entirely different look. The large, tone-on-tone plaid Wilton carpet adds a contemporary element to the space.
In the master suite, there are plenty of places to relax!
The master bath has a terrific rotunda, with access to both the separate tub area and his and her spaces. Julia used beautiful, vintage travertine with cream marfil and glass mosaics to create a lattice pattern on the floor. The fun, architectural pieces in the art niches fill the niches but are still light and airy. The walls are glazed in a soft color wash, giving warmth to the space without using much pattern. The cabinets have a light glaze as well to enhance their great lines.
Another set of old doors with the blue hues lead into her study. I just want to go right in, wrap the fun animal print throw over me and read a book (home design, of course, since it's my favorite topic). I loved working on this project. It's the second home I have done with this homeowner-and-Julia combo. I would say that I can't wait for the next project but, if it were me, I would not be able to ever leave this beautiful home!
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